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| All Fired Up!
Fire! Pokémon League Opening Ceremony!
|| December 10, 1998
| United States
|| October 23, 1999
|| Team Ota
|| 園田英樹 Hideki Sonoda
|| 井硲清高 Kiyotaka Isako
| Assistant director
|| 元永慶太郎 Keitarō Motonaga
| Animation director
|| 依田正彦 Masahiko Yoda
| No additional credits are available at this time.
All Fired Up! (Japanese: ファイヤー！ポケモンリーグかいかいしき！ Fire! Pokémon League Opening Ceremony!) is the 74th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on December 10, 1998 and in the United States on October 23, 1999.
On his arrival to the Indigo Plateau Conference, Ash receives the honor of helping to carry the flame of Moltres to the stadium. However, Team Rocket are set on stealing the flame.
It starts off with the narrator telling us that Ash has finally reached the Indigo Plateau and is clearly full of energy and excitement. A little too much maybe, for he scares Togepi. When they reach a main street, there is a whole crowd of people waiting. Ash thinks that they are for him, but they are really for the Torch Bearer, who is seen running down. Misty remarks that the flame is supposed to be from the legendary Pokémon, Moltres.
Officer Jenny states that only competitors can carry the flame, and Ash responds by revealing the gym badges on the inside of his shirt. Ash and his friends are soon met by Mr. Goodshow (whom Ash addresses as "Santa Claus"), who admires Ash's spirit and grants him permission to carry the flame. Ash and his friends begin running the torch, with Goodshow and Jenny following close behind. Team Rocket witnesses the entire thing from their balloon and, rather than stealing Pikachu , decide to steal the Pokémon League torch instead.
Team Rocket soon creates a hole in the ground to trap Ash's friends, Jenny, and Goodshow. This starts a game of keep-away to protect the torch. Team Rocket actually succeeds in getting hold of it, but they catch fire in the process. Ash releases his Squirtle to cool down Team Rocket, and Ash recovers the torch. This causes a game of tug-of-war between Ash and Jessie , and both sides attempt to get
the upper hand (Ash by having his Squirtle stretch out Jessie's face, and Jessie by having Meowth tickle Ash's stomach until he drops the torch. Team Rocket soon leaves Ash disheartened as they escape, but Ash's friends, Jenny, and Goodshow escape from the hole, with Goodshow revealing that he has a backup Moltres flame concealed within a lantern under his sweater; which he uses to relight the torch whenever needed. Ash and his friends are soon on their way again, with the torch runner job being rotated between Ash, Misty, and Brock.
Who’s That Pokémon?: Seaking
- This episode begins the seven-part Indigo League arc.
- The torch carrying ceremony is a reference to the Olympic Torch Ceremony.
- During the scene where Ash, Misty, and Brock carry the torch, the second verse of the Opening theme for season 1 is used.
In other languages
- Dutch: In Vuur en Vlam!
- Finnish: Poltetta meressä
- French: La Team Rocket met le feu
- German: Im Zeichen der Flamme
- Hebrew: הכל נשרף hakol nisraf
- Italian: Il grande torneo
- Portuguese (Brazilian): No Maior Fogo!
- Iberian Spanish: A todo gas
- Latin American Spanish: ¡Todos prendidos!